Vow, and pay unto the Lord your God: let all that he round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
[Oh, no,] thought Kent, [here comes the old pitch.] We don't have enough money. We can't keep the doors open. Give till it hurts. On and on and on and on. He gave five bucks a week. That was enough. He didn't see others beating him out of the way to give more. Hey, a movie cost about five bucks, and you got two hours of entertainment. For the same price he only got an hour's worth at church. Get real. Sometimes it annoyed him enough to make him put his wallet back in his coat without taking anything out. This morning? What the heck, he was in a generous mood.
People forget where their financial support originates. Without the lord, no one would receive anything. The Bible says that ten percent off the top should go to the Lord. This isn't charity on our part, but a return to God of what is really His, anyway. We tithe out of gratitude for what God has given. The Lord teaches to give so we will not think too highly of material wealth, and instead will remain committed to the wealth that cannot be destroyed. God's wealth endures forever.
O Lord, I possess more than I really need. There is something that I could do without. Help me to learn to give, as You Yourself have given: freely, joyfully, and completely. Amen.
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